If you’re on the hunt for pork chop recipes the whole family will love, look no further than these grilled pork chops with chipotle lime sauce. Ready in under 20 minutes!
GRILLING PORK CHOPS
While most people prepare baked pork chops, thick cut pork chops are perfect for for grilling. With a good pork chop marinade, and the use of a meat thermometer, you can get flavorful, juicy pork chops on the grill every time.
I use boneless thick cut pork chops for this pork chop recipe, but it would also work well with bone-in pork chops which are even less likely to get dry on the grill.
HOW TO GRILL PORK CHOPS
- Season thick cut pork chops with salt and pepper.
- Mix your marinade and spread all over the pork chops.
- Heat a grill to high heat and sear the pork chops, cooking about 4 minutes on each side.
- If your grill gets super intense hot spots, start the pork chops at a hot spot to sear them, then move them to indirect heat to keep them from drying out.
- Let pork sit a few minutes before cutting, and serve topped with the reserved marinade and some fresh lime zest.
HOW LONG TO GRILL PORK CHOPS
The key to perfectly grilled pork chops is a very hot grill, and using a meat thermometer.
You want to get a nice sear on the pork chops (that’s the crispy charred bits), so put them over direct heat at least to start. You should only need to cook the pork chops about 8 minutes depending on how thick they are (1 inch or 3/4 inch).
Check the temperature periodically with a meat thermometer so you know just when to pull them. The safe pork chop temperature is 145 degrees F. If they are at least 140 degrees in the center, I will pull them.
GRILLED PORK CHOP MARINADE
This is not your typical smothered in brown sugar or bread crumbs pork chop recipe. In an effort to eat a little lighter (and lose about 20 pounds!), I used fat free Miracle Whip as the base for this pork chop marinade.
Mix Miracle Whip, lime juice, chopped cilantro, minced garlic, and bottled chipotle sauce in a bowl. (If you’re not doing Weight Watchers, feel free to substitute mayonnaise, it just has a lot more points than Miracle Whip)
Set aside 1/2 cup of the sauce in the fridge, and rub the remaining marinade all over the pork chops.
WEIGHT WATCHERS FREESTYLE POINTS
If you’re doing weight watchers, a full pork chop is 6 freestyle points. If you’re a little low on points for the day, you definitely have just half a pork chop with lots of roasted veggies or a side salad. I find that a whole thick cut pork chop is too much food for me.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH PORK CHOPS
I love pretty much any seasonal steamed or roasted vegetables with pork chops. In the spring time, I’ll serve pork chops with strawberries and asparagus, or sauteed greens and onions. Summer is all about my fresh mango salsa, or some maple roasted carrots straight from the garden.
During the cold of winter, some creamy coconut ginger sweet potato casserole is AMAZING!
If you’re not concerned about the calorie content, these are fantastic with mashed potatoes, stovetop new potatoes, baked potato wedges, or a simple pasta tossed with fresh veggies in a lemon butter sauce. My kids favorite side for pork chops is these vegetable muffins, and I love a good bowtie pasta salad during BBQ season.
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Meat Thermometer: This is the most crucial tool for and pork chop recipes. I prefer digital meat thermometers, and literally use my meat thermometer EVERY DAY. While thermopen is my favorite brand, there are a lot of good digital meat thermometers out there.
Microplane Zester: Before you slice your limes to juice them, use a microplane zester to scrape all that beautiful, flavorful green zest off the skin. I love this zester because it just gets the zest without any of the bitter pith.
Chef’s Knife: This is a good starter chef’s knife if you’re not ready to drop a huge chunk of change. Use it to slice your limes for juicing, and mince your garlic cloves, but also for slicing the pork chops before serving if you’d like. If you’re doing just half a pork chop per person, it will look like a lot more sliced thinly and fanned out on a plate.
Citrus Juicer: I use this juicer every day! It’s super easy and gets every last drop of juice out of citrus.
Grill: If you don’t have a grill yet, I find this to be a good starter grill. It should last you several years. You can also get a small charcoal grill. That’s what we used when we lived in a tiny apartment and would grill in the parking lot.
MORE PORK CHOP RECIPES:
Can’t get enough pork chops? Here are a few more fabulous pork chop recipes we hand picked from our food blogging friends.
- Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
- Espresso Cardamom Pork Chops
- Honey Mustard BBQ Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops
- Brown Sugar Pork Chops
- Creamy Crockpot Pork Chops
- Pork Chops Sheet Pan Dinner
- Pork Chops Marsala
- Thyme Pork Chops
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- 8 pork chops, thick cut
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup Miracle Whip, or mayonnaise
- 2 limes, juice and zest
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon diced chipotle chiles in adobo, use more or less to taste
- Heat your grill to high heat.
- Season pork chops all over with salt and pepper
- Mix the Miracle Whip, lime juice, cilantro, garlic and chopped chipotle chiles in sauce.
- Set 1/2 cup aside in the fridge.
- Rub the remaining marinade all over the pork chops.
- Grill on high about 4 minutes on each side, to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
- Serve with a dollop of the reserved marinade on top and a sprinkling of lime zest.
WW Freestyle Points: 6
Want to lower your points? These are pretty big pork chops so just eat 1/2 a chop with LOTS of steamed or roasted veggies, or a big side salad.
Serving Size:8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 347mgCarbohydrates: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 29g